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Communications Law Spring Symposium Tackles “Internet of Things”



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The CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Technology Policy’s annual spring symposium will examine how both society and communications networks are handling the proliferation of connected devices, the data they generate, their impact on both telecommunications networks and consumers and their diverse legal and regulatory implications. 

 “Internet of Things: Device Innovation and Network Implications,” will be held on March 31, 2015, at Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K Street, NW, Main Conference Center, Washington, DC.
Two panels of leading communications professionals will represent the FTC, Capitol Hill, the FCC, device manufacturers, carriers, and other points of view. The keynote address will be given by FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen.
Panel 1: Devices, Data, and Regulatory Diversity
Description: Our lives are being digitized and analyzed in ways that challenge existing law. Consumers are rapidly adopting electronic devices with sensors—things—that monitor their external environment while providing detailed statistics about them. Billions of networked devices, the Internet of Things (IoT), have incredible potential, ranging from setting personal health goals to decreasing energy consumption. At the same time, IoT challenges existing regulatory paradigms that are based on industry segments, not information flows. Is our regulatory system equipped to handle this? 
Panel 2: The Billion Device Question: How Networks Will Support IoE
Description: The expansion of the IoT - from wearables to industrial M2M and real-time video applications - means millions more connected devices leverage existing communications networks to transmit exabytes of data.  When combined with existing traffic-generators like smartphones and other bandwidth-intensive applications, IoT could have major implications for network operators, end-users and regulators alike. So how are companies and policymakers planning ahead?  

The annual symposium is sponsored by CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Technology Policy and the Institute for Communications Law Studies at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in association with the Federal Communications Bar Association.  

CLE Credit is available.

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